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Another superbly polished Moto Guzzi build, by master custom bike builder, extraordinaire, Craig Rodsmith. I’m not one for hyperbole – well actually I am but in this case, it’s justified.


 

 


MOTO GUZZI V9 CUSTOM BUILDER PROJECT

Back in August 2017, Moto Guzzi USA commissioned four custom bike workshops/builders, noted for their previous work with the ‘eagle marque’. The aim – to create four unique interpretations of its V9 Bobber/Roamer platform. This initiative was and is being undertaken, under the banner of the “2017 V9 Custom Builder Project“. Roadsmith Motorcycles, owned by Craig Rodsmith is one of the builders that was selected.
Moto Guzzi V9 ENGINE Custom Build Craig Rodsmith

FIRST BUILD IN THE SERIES – V9 FAT TRACKER

You may have already seen a build from one of the four shops, approached for this series of commissions. That build was created by Hugo Eccles of Untitled Motorcycles, London & San Fransico. Eccles opted for a tracker style interpretation – creating the progressive, stripped-back Moto Guzzi V9 FAT Tracker (Not FLAT).
Untitled Motorcycles UMC 052 FAT TRACKER





THE DUSTBIN RACER

Back to Rodsmith. He was approached by Moto Guzzi USA, following acclaim at the 2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show – which saw the reveal of the celebrated turbo-charged, full-aluminium fairing, Moto Guzzi (1969 AMBASSADOR), otherwise known as the ‘Dustbin Racer‘.
1969 Moto-Guzzi Ambassador 'Dustbin Racer'
If you follow Craig Rodsmith on any of his social channels, aside from a sharp wit, you’ll have detected that his signature approach, is building all of his bikes by hand, using metalwork and fabrication expertise, that’s been honed over 40 years of wrenching.

It would be a grand understatement to say; “he pays meticulous attention to detail on each and every build.” This polished Moto Guzzi V9 cafe racer dubbed ‘Retro Racer’ encapsulates that grand understatement vividly.





MOTO GUZZI V9 RETRO RACER

Rodsmith Motorcycles Moto Guzzi V9 Turbo Charged Retro Racer

We look forward to seeing the remaining two Moto Guzzi V9 customs from Revival Cycles and Moto Studio. Revival are rummoured to be working on a V9 Chopper build.

Image Credit(s):

  • ‘Dustbin Racer’ – Chris Corona of Revival Cycles
  • ‘Fat Tracker’ – Erik Jutras
  • ‘Retro Racer’ – Grant Schwingle